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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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SELEGHIM, Maycon Rogério; MARANGONI, Sônia Regina; MARCON, Sonia Silva  and  OLIVEIRA, Magda Lúcia Félix de. Family ties of crack cocaine users cared for in a psychiatric emergency department. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2011, vol.19, n.5, pp.1163-1170. ISSN 1518-8345.

This study characterizes the family ties of crack cocaine users cared for in a psychiatric emergency department in southern Brazil. It is a qualitative study with a series of cases carried out in the city of Maringá, PR, Brazil from April to June 2010. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews, analyzed using content analysis, and organized into two categories: family ties as facilitators in the use of crack cocaine and other drugs; and fragmented family ties of crack users. Loss of relational bonds with family and social milieu was observed among the ten studied users in addition to the presence of drugs and violence in the family sphere. Further studies addressing the use of crack and its interface with the family are encouraged, taking into consideration that families have an essential role in the initiation and continuity of drug use.

Keywords : Family Relations; Street Drugs; Crack Cocaine; Emergency Services Psychiatrics.

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